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Scotland claim first victory over England since 2008 in epic match

Brilliant game! Sort of thought the same as Osprey, Scotland almost looked panicked that they might actually win the game and so played with this terrified "I don't want to be the one to make us lose" sort of feeling..

One thing which I'm sure might be brought up was that I personally felt that the yellow card was a little harsh... I'd like to see it again, but it looked to me like the English player had his left arm out in front with almost a view to tackling the ball.... I could be wrong, but it almost seemed like his initial plan was to brace as he went for the ball and his shoulder connected before anything else... But like I said, could be wrong, need to see the footage once more...

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Misfiring France labour to crucial victory over Italy in Marseille

Couldn't have been...I didn't see 60 players have a punch up in a 30 player game...

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Martin Johnson escapes with warning after nasty throat stamp in 1999

I've seen a lot of Johnson's *ahem* finer moments, somehow I missed this one. Thanks for sharing...

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Scott Higginbotham pleads innocence but red card wrecks Reds opener

Not that I'm defending Higginbotham, but as far as I'm aware, doesn't the law stipulate an 'attempt to wrap' must be made? His right arm did somewhat wrap, so for me that satisfies that law....

But I suppose that's sort of like being mugged by someone saying please and thank you...

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Scott Higginbotham pleads innocence but red card wrecks Reds opener

As much as I gripe about red card decisions these days, I think Higginbotham did himself no favours with the whole manner of the 'tackle'.

As he runs towards Phillip he tucks his left arm in and 'throws' his shoulder in... just nothing about it looked subtle.

Out of all the reds we see these days, some of them being in a very grey area, I've got to say this one was pretty obvious.

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Andries Coetzee has reinvented the wheel with inexplicable passing technique

Is his passing off the left only up to club standard then?

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Shane Williams and Andy Powell get their kit off for bizarre sumo experience

.... Bastareud, care to chime in here?

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Dropped Teddy Thomas shows dazzling feet in Racing 92 win over La Rochelle

I don't think TD "never really cut it at international level", I think he never got the opportunities that would be offered to someone if his talent...

I also disagree that they shouldn't be bringing back the old heads, I think it's precisely what they should be doing so that somebody somewhere in the team knows what winning feels like...if they can get a couple wins under their belts it might count as a reset for them...

France issues (amongst many) seem to be something like picking a conservative strategy, then picking flair players... Or picking conservative players then giving them a flair strategy...someone needs to do something right for once and if that means using the OAP's to get the ball rolling then I say why not?

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Dropped Teddy Thomas shows dazzling feet in Racing 92 win over La Rochelle

With France struggling at the moment, this match against Italy could be just what they need. They've brought in some older heads with T-D, to sort of mop up should anything go awry...

But then it is they could win easy by 50 points...or lose just as easily...

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

World Rugby admit that the wrong decision was made at Twickenham

That's impossible... You can't want the game to improve on one hand, but then want it to stay 'crappy' on another...

There will be hundreds of people like you and hundreds of people with the opposite views.

Look at the rest of the internet, people calling for Hawkeye for rugby etc...

This is all falling down to opinion on what is acceptable... Is it acceptable that this could happen in the 79th minute of a RWC final? (Or not this incident, but similar efforts?) Do we chalk it down to "meh, well, your next game which is just a friendly you might get a call go your way?"

Personally I thought the game was great when I started playing, we've had a few decent tweaks since I guess.... Scrums seem slightly better these days... But there has been a lot of changes brought in... Punishments for things these days I didn't consider noteworthy, let alone punishable .. but we're going down that route now, why should I let my 'old head' get in the way of what is deemed by those supposedly in the know, as 'progress'?

Rugby referees have aired their dirty laundry for all to see, this is not something that would have happened 10-15 yrs ago, so we're already making good 'progress'...

4 Weeks, 1 Hour ago